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When buying a gun, have you ever considered what a jury might think?

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    I answered "no". I've never thought about this question when buying a gun, but I did think about it after I bought a gun once. A year or so ago I bought a Colt Defender, afterwards I happened to think that Colt chose a good name. How a gun name might affect a jury? I don't know, if depends on the make-up of the jury. As my "entire life" is revealed to a jury I think that having defended myself with a "Defender" might make it easier for my attorney. However I don't buy/use firearms because of the name.

    Several years ago, there was some shooting and IIRC, during trial, there was a big deal made about someone's t-shirt or bumper sticker that said, "Kill 'em all, let God sort 'em out".
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    No, I'm pretty logical as it is, so everything I end up with had a logical reason for it. Of course, juries don't tend to be logical, so maybe I need to rethink my strategy!

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    I think this question might be more or less on your mind depending on where you live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuda66 View Post
    To answer the question as you put it: When buying a gun? No.

    When choosing a gun for SD/carry? Yes, somewhat. It's one of the reasons I keep a plain-Jane Mossberg 500 (wood furniture, standard magazine, even has Ducks Unlimited on the side of the receiver...) ready for a potential social occasion...

    Although, now that I consider it more, I would not buy a firearm, for any purpose, engraved with "Molon Labe" or "Ultima Ratio" or "From my cold dead hands" or "Front Towards Enemy" or "Smile...wait for flash" engraved on it.
    So, perhaps I should change my vote...
    What a jury would think about those guns wouldn't bother me at all but I just consider them to be dumb to start with. Comparable to people wearing HD clothing trying to impress someone that they have never met.

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    In a word NO! I think, will this weapon do the job? Short and sweet.
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    I thought about it for a few minutes and when I realized that the 10mm round was used my the FBI and Cops in New York and let it go at that and bought my Glock 29!
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    Yes. I bought the gun anyhow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuda66 View Post
    To answer the question as you put it: When buying a gun? No.

    When choosing a gun for SD/carry? Yes, somewhat. It's one of the reasons I keep a plain-Jane Mossberg 500 (wood furniture, standard magazine, even has Ducks Unlimited on the side of the receiver...) ready for a potential social occasion...

    Although, now that I consider it more, I would not buy a firearm, for any purpose, engraved with "Molon Labe" or "Ultima Ratio" or "From my cold dead hands" or "Front Towards Enemy" or "Smile...wait for flash" engraved on it.

    So, perhaps I should change my vote...
    why would this be any different then having a "fear this" or "ain't skeeered" sticker on your truck and they getting into an accident with it?
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    I only think about getting the best self defense weapon I can afford.

    I think about stopping power, concealabilty, ergonomics (will it fit my hand ok), etc.

    If I ever have to pull the trigger in a lethal force situation, I want the gun that will do the most to save my life.

    I'll be too busy to survive to worry about a jury.

    However, I don't have any guns with cute little skull and crossbones carved on them either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 762 View Post
    why would this be any different then having a "fear this" or "ain't skeeered" sticker on your truck and they getting into an accident with it?
    Well, I don't have any of those on my vehicles, nor would I put one on...so for me, no difference. Personally, I see them as a form of white-trash chic.

    For that matter, I don't have an NRA sticker, a "Insured by S&W (or H&K, or Glock, or whatever)" sticker, a "Keep Honking, I'm Reloading" sticker on my vehicles either. The reasons for that should be self explanatory.

    Now, to answer your question, would they be different? I would point out that, right or wrong, there is a perceived difference between vehicles and firearms in our culture. So, yes, in a courtroom situation, there more than likely would be a difference. I suppose, however, it's just a matter of time before an enterprising ambulance chaser uses them ("Fear This", et al) against a driver.
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    That be a Big NO!

    Not worried about what a jury would think once they get the proper education.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thanis View Post
    I think this question might be more or less on your mind depending on where you live.

    Good think'n. If you live in Alabama it might not be a big deal but out here in the PRC one is well advised to take it into consideration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bark'n View Post
    Not worried about what a jury would think once they get the proper education.
    And you actually think there is some mechanism in the court room that will enable the jury to get "educated"?

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    Negative Ghostrider; the pattern is full.
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    Yes- that's why my XD is pure factory

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